WGBH: Report: Homes For the Homeless Could Save Mass. $9,000 Per Person

By Rupa Shenoy

A new report by the non-profit Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance concludes homeless individuals who are provided housing and services ultimately use fewer state services, saving the Commonwealth $9,339 each a year.

The report tracked more than 813 chronically homeless adults statewide, most who lived on the streets or in homeless shelters, for eight years. They were placed in apartments or shared living spaces and given access to comprehensive services, including mental healthcare and substance abuse treatment.

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